Waiting on Wednesday: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows and Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Both of these are in the YA fantasy genre and from authors that I've enjoyed before. I have high expectations for both...

The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)The Orphan Queen 
(The Orphan Queen #1)
by Jodi Meadows
YA Fantasy
Hardcover, 400 pages
March 10th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books


Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

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Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)Shadow Scale
(Seraphina #2)
by Rachel Hartman
YA Fantasy
Hardcover, 480 pages
March 10th 2015 by Random House Children's Books


Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

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Are either of these on your can't-wait-to-read list?


  1. Oh YES YES YES! I used this one a few weeks back. First off, LOOK AT THE COVER! I saw the sample on Edelweiss, but I just can't do samples! I cannot wait. I love anything Jodi writes! Great pick! My WOW

  2. Oh the Orphan Queen sounds so good!

  3. The Orphan Queen is new to me, but I've been waiting for Shadow Scale since I read Seraphina in 2013. I. Can't. Wait!


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